Muslim Persecution of Christians: August 2012

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

Egypt: The nation’s jihad organizations dropped leaflets calling on Muslims to kill Christians wherever they found them. Islamists in the Constituent Assembly demanded that the Coptic Church’s funds be placed under state financial control.

While many people are regularly persecuted by Islam’s blasphemy law, one particular case made August headlines: a 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan, Rimsha Masih, was arrested, accused of burning pages of a Quran. Rioting Muslims destroyed Christian homes and churches, tore Bibles to pieces and broke crosses, while calling for the death penalty against her. Because this story made it to the mainstream media, widespread international condemnation caused Pakistani authorities to release her recently, not by annulling Pakistan’s blasphemy law, but by finding loopholes, from characterizing the girl as retarded—Islamic law does not mandate punishment for blasphemers if they are retarded—to the unprecedented exposure of a Muslim cleric who framed her.

Because this incident prompted a widespread rampage against Pakistan’s Christians, thousands have deserted their homes and are dispossessed. The Christians from Rimsha’s neighborhood, including women and children, fled into the woods in fear of Muslim retribution, while others were evicted by their Muslim landlords. A few Christians sleeping overnight on the ground just miles away from Pakistani government buildings decided to build a church there and make it their permanent dwelling place. “Here it is not anybody’s home, nobody’s land. Let us live here in safety,” said one. Another said: “We have cleared this place with our hands, and we have laid the first foundation of a small church here. Although this is a mere skeleton made of tree branches, this is the holy home of God. This should be respected.”

Categorized by theme, August’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and in country alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.

Jihad Killings and Christian Displacement

Iraq: What Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors, characterized as “religicide,” continues unabated in the nation that was liberated by U.S. forces a decade ago: “Christians in cities like Baghdad and Mosul are gripped by terrorism. They are fleeing in droves. Today [August 16] it was reported that at least 20 people died in blasts and shootings across the country.” Before the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Mosul was home to some 75,000 Christians, but now the number has dropped to around 25,000. Christian homes are set on fire, bombs placed in their cars; other Christian families are receiving letters threatening them to leave Iraq or be kidnapped or killed.

Ivory Coast: As part of the civil war, Muslim rebels “massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands” of predominantly Christian supporters of Laurent Gbagbo. Since the attack, when their homes were taken by rebels, some 5,000 predominantly Christian ethnic Guere have been forced to flee into the ungoverned, inhospitable bush, or to the Catholic mission in Duekoue. The priest there reported that the mission has also been threatened by “crowds of angry youths.”

Mali: As many as 200,000 Christians are fleeing to Algeria and Mauritania, where they are seeking a safe haven from Islamic terrorists linked to al-Qaeda, who have become increasingly active in the northern regions of the nation.

Nigeria: The Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram [Western Education is a Sin] continued its jihad [holy war] to purge north Nigeria of all Christians. In one instance, gunmen murdered a 57-year-old evangelist of a Pentecostal church. When threatened earlier, he had said “I leave everything in the hands of God.”

Syria: Some 12,000 people were blockaded in the predominantly Christian town of Rableh by anti-government forces; they killed several people trying to leave and refused the entry of food and medical supplies. Government forces had reportedly driven out the opposition by August 24. Christians were also given an ultimatum to leave the nearby cities of Qusayr and Homs, which has been almost entirely cleansed of its 50,000-60,000 Christian population. The predominantly Christian part of Aleppo was also hit by heavy fighting earlier this month; and a car bomb was detonated in the predominantly Christian area of Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus, as “a crowd of faithful, families, elderly people, women and children, were heading to the cemetery to bury two young people who had died a day earlier, on August 27, also victims of an IED. Twelve died (other sources say as many as 27), including five children, and injuring more than 50 people.” Further, “a family of Armenian Christians was found murdered, and all members of the family horribly decapitated.”

Church Attacks

Azerbaijan: The highest appeals court upheld the decision to close Greater Grace Church, “the first religious community to be liquidated by a court since the country’s harsh new religion law came into force in 2009.” The church, registered since 1993, had provided a place for Christian worship and teaching for almost 20 years; and with a congregation of nearly 500, was one of the larger Protestant churches in the country.

IndonesiaTwo churches were the latest to be forcibly closed in West Java: First, a “large tent” used for services by St. Johannes Baptista Church in Bogor was sealed off by authorities on August 7. The congregation had been using the tent since 2006 as a temporary location while they awaited a permit for a proper building, for which it had applied in 2000. Police threatened to “tear down” the tent if the Christians continued to use it; the church leader suspects the hostility is linked to the growth of the congregation, which now numbers around 500. Second, Batak Karo Protestant Church in Bandung was sealed off by protesters who claimed that the congregation had earlier agreed not to use the building, even though it now has all necessary permits to hold service.

Kenya: After a fight ensued between the supporters of a Muslim cleric who had died and the police, a church near the mosque where the funeral was being held was set on fire, and another church was attacked. Separately, another church was attacked and looted “by an armed mob,” believed to be sympathizers of the al-Shabaab terrorist organization. In the words of the pastor who witnessed the pillage, “attackers armed with guns stormed the compound and immediately began pulling down one iron sheet after another, and soon 60 iron sheets were gone. It was a terrible sight to watch the walls of the church come down, [but] I could not shout for help because the attackers could gun me down. Shocked and dismayed, the church’s 60 congregants arrived for worship the next day to find their church building in ruins.” Police were told that there were threats of an attack and that local Muslims were saying things such as “we do not want infidels in this area,” but did nothing. These latest attacks “came only one week after al-Shabab militants hurled grenades into the African Inland Church of Garissa, in eastern Kenya, and opened fire on congregants, killing 17 people, including 15 worshippers. Grenades were also thrown at the local Catholic church.” More than 14 churches have been attacked in Kenya since April.

Nigeria: Gunmen, probably connected with the jihadi organization Boko Haram, “stormed the Deeper Life Church, where Christian worshippers were gathered in prayer, and surrounded the church in the middle of a worship service and opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on the worshippers.” At least 19 of them were killed, including the pastor. The following day, an unexploded bomb was discovered at Revival Church.

SyriaGunmen attacked the Catholic monastery of Mar Musa, which dates from the 4th century, and is located north of Damascus. None of the monks was hurt, although the monastery was, in the words of Father Dall’Oglio, “sacked,” and “gunmen stole everything they could steal,” including tractors and other agricultural tools.

Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism

Egypt: A Christian man accused of defaming Islam was arrested after a complaint in which he was accused of posting opinions in Facebook which insulted Muhammad. Insults to Islam and the prophet are considered crimes in Egypt under Article 98(f) of the Penal Code, which states: “Confinement for a period of not less than six months and not exceeding five years… shall be the penalty inflicted on whoever makes use of religion in propagating, either by words, in writing, or in any other means, extreme ideas for the purpose of inciting strife, ridiculing or insulting a heavenly religion or a sect following it, or damaging national unity.”

Pakistan: After a Pakistani flag with the name of “Allah” on it accidentally blew from a Christian’s property to a Muslim’s, the Muslim accused the Christian of deliberately trying to blaspheme the name of Allah. This accusation was advertised in the local mosques, and prompted enraged Muslims to threaten to burn down the homes of the 15 Christian families in the area. Also, a Christian pastor, who had preached among Muslims, some of whom showed interest in converting, was threatened and subsequently kidnapped.

Tanzania: A 17-year-old girl, Eva Abdullah, who had abandoned Islam three years ago to convert to Christianity, was sentenced to two years in prison after being accused of desecrating the Quran. Her parents had disowned her and “a group of radicals” tried to “persuade” her to renounce her Christian faith. When she refused, they falsely accused her of desecrating a Quran.

Tunisia: The nation’s ruling Islamist party filed a bill to criminalize offenses against “sacred values.” “Crimes” would mandate prison terms and fines for broadly worded offenses, such as insulting or mocking the “sanctity of religion.” Among other things, the bill also codifies the levels of offense to religious feelings, including “insults, profanity, derision and representation of Allah and Mohammed.”

Dhimmitude

[General Abuse, Debasement, and Suppression of Non-Muslims as "Tolerated" Citizens]

Egypt: The nation’s jihad organizations dropped leaflets calling on Muslims to kill Christians wherever they found them. Coptic shop owners who sell Christian icons and statues received threatening letters. Muslim “gangs” plundered and kidnapped for ransom Christians. Islamists in the Constituent Assembly demanded that the Coptic Church’s funds be placed under state financial control, a measure categorically rejected by Copts: the state in no way funds the Church, even though mosques are funded by taxpayers, including Christians. Condemning the proposal, the acting Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church said the demand has only one meaning: “that Copts are clearly persecuted.” Despite promising greater representation for Egypt’s Copts, President Morsi broke his word and allowed only one Copt, a female, to represent the nation’s 10-14% Christians in the newly formed Cabinet: “We had expected an increase in the representation of Copts especially after the number of ministries increased to 35. But the formation ignored all the known rights and concepts of citizenship,” said the acting Patriarch: “It is not right that Copts get treated in this way.” When Egypt’s Constituent Assembly proposed a law to criminalize “forced labor, slavery, the trafficking of women and children, human organs, and the sex trade,” from which Christians, especially females, would benefit, the Islamist party complained.

Iran: According to Mohabat News, authorities “raise[d] unsubstantiated charges” against five arrested converts to Christianity to “pressure” and “intimidate” them, including by falsely accusing them of desecrating the Quran, and holding them for indefinite periods. “Although their situation is still unclear six months after their arrest, there is no doubt that the Christians’ only crime is related to their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Pakistan: Eleven Christian student nurses were poisoned with mercury in their tea. It is believed that the Christian women were targeted as punishment for drinking tea while their Muslim colleagues were fasting during the month of Ramadan. And a 56-year-old Christian woman at the Karachi Press Club recounted how she and her family were enslaved and forced to work without pay, and tortured and beaten. Muslim “feudal lords” are threatening her and her extended family, with, among other charges, accusations of blasphemy: “Please protect us,” they said. “We don’t want to go back.”

Saudi Arabia: The last of the 35 Ethiopian Christians held in detention since December after being arrested for holding a prayer meeting in a private home was deported home: “We have arrived home safe,” one of the released said: “We believe that we are released as the result of the pressure exerted by ICC and others. The Saudi officials do not tolerate any religions other than Islam. They consider non-Muslims unbelievers. They are full of hatred towards non-Muslims.”

Syria: A number of Melchite Greek Catholic priests, including the archbishop, fled to Lebanon after their offices were ransacked. According to Fides, “unidentified groups who want to feed a religious war and drag the Syrian population into sectarian conflicts” attacked the Christian area in the old quarter of Aleppo. A Byzantine Christian museum and an office of the Maronite Christian faith were also damaged.

Turkey: The chairman of Parliament’s education committee is accusing the French government of “planting seeds of hate” with its move to include the Armenian genocide in history and geography books used in French secondary schools. Armenia, backed by many historians, says that about 1.5 million Armenians were killed in what is now eastern Turkey during World War I in a deliberate policy of genocide ordered by the Ottoman government.

Uzbekistan: A 26-year-old Christian woman, paralyzed from youth, and her mother were violently attacked by six men with sticks who broke into their home at 4 a.m. The men ransacked the home, confiscating icons, bibles, religious calendars and prayer books. When the paralyzed woman furtively tried to phone for help, she was beaten again. They were all taken to the police department, where the woman was “offered to convert to Islam.” She refused, and the judge eventually “decided that the women had resisted police and had stored the banned religious literature at home and conducted missionary activities. He fined them 20 minimum monthly wages each.”

About this Series

Because the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

  1. To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, Muslim persecution of Christians.
  2. To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Sharia.

Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; apostasy and blasphemy laws that criminalize and punish with death those who “offend” Islam; theft and plunder in lieu ofjizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like dhimmis, or second-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination.

Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to India in the East, and throughout the West wherever there are Muslims—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

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  • zionit

    muslimrage’…the bricks and mortar of the new colosseum; the mullahs – the new neros; the lions – the jihadists and their psychopathic-sicophants; the crowds – stone-hearted mo-ham-heads.  Remeber how much Job pissed satan off? ooh, here’s some good, prosperous, generous, kind hearted well conscienced upright human being – time to go to work … Satan hates God, love and peace, the freedom to be good and prosperous, generous and kind- hearted and, worst of all, loving of one’s neighbour, oh and humble – islam is such useful part of the adversary’s arsenal.

  • Anna

    As God's children, we are all joined by His spirit around the world. We must do all we can to pray for and support our persecuted brothers and sisters. I strive to do this by getting the word out here: http://www.godswordforwomen.wordpress.com

    • Drakken

      The time for praying is over, the time now is to actively arm the Chritians of muslims countries to defend themselves against the muslim scourge. Anything else is wishful thinking, time to tell the Vatican and other christians that silence will no longer be tolerated.

      • Kufar Dawg

        The muslo-fascists and their useful Christian tools/fools certainly didn't appreciate your comment, but I did.

  • LindaRivera

    STOP THE ISLAMIZATION OF OUR COUNTRIES!

    Centuries ago, Egypt was a Christian country invaded by Muslims. The horrors, atrocities, murders, kidnappings of female Christian children, rapes and enslavement of Christians continues.

    Because non-Muslims don’t worship the deity Muslims call Allah, terrible suffering; physical, mental and emotional agony is perpetrated by Muslims on non-Muslims.

    The pain is beyond bearing for the Christian parents of their precious daughters who have been kidnapped by merciless Muslims.

    The Passion of the Copts http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    A comment by an Egyptian Christian Copt, underneath the video:

    “OUR WOMEN ARE TO BE ENSLAVED IN ISLAM OUR MEN ARE TO BE KILLED AND AMERICA RECEIVES MILLIONS OF ISLAMISTS WITH OPEN ARM AND REFUSE TO GIVE US ASYLUM.”

    • BFurey

      Heartbreaking. Did same to my ancestors in Greece for 400 years until Greek War of Independence. God please help them. Holy spirit deliver them frrom the evil of Islam. Restore that woman's daughter to her and all the others being kednapped. Oh Lord have mercy on your Christians.

    • Sunbeam

      It's so heartbreaking. I can't help but sobbed with those Christian Copts. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope the world would come up with a solution to solve this problem. It must not delay anymore. We called for separation of mosque and state…, religion must not be given the right to rule a nation. It should break off asunder right now without further delay. It is a very grave mistake to have this two together. WILL THE WORLD STAND UP ON THIS? WE WANT IT AND WE DEMAND IT !!!

  • Real Muslim

    "O People, All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action." The Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Last Sermon.

    These actions do not represent Islam. Killing innocent people, Christians, Jews and the others for their beliefs is not jihad. I can say "all Christians are terrorist" due to Anders B. Breivik, but i don't have no right to say that. A terrorist is a terrorist. Neither Muslim nor Christian.

    Some people want a war between Christians and Muslims just like World War 1. So we need Muslim-Christian alliance more than before. We need more dialogue.

    • BFurey

      We need Islam to stop persecuting Christians.

    • Drakken

      Your bloody false religion of pure unadultered evil shows us infidels every bloody day what you effing savages do. So take you propaganda and get stuffed with it. God bless the Crusades! Another is comming.

    • aspacia

      You forgot Jews.

      • Kufar Dawg

        No, the muslo-fascist liar didn't forget them. There are no less than THREE, "authenticated" verses in the holey hadith of islam that call for the extermination of Jews.

    • Sunbeam

      You don't preach to us, you murderers who have been taught by your false prophet. It is because of him the world is in chaos. You expect us to continue to believe your lies, while you continue savaging people all over the world? The sins of your people have reach up heaven, while the cries of those tortured have reach the ears of God. Do you think you can get away with all that you people have committed? Do you think you can still continue with your lies and think everybody is as stupid as to be fool? Keep to yourself your religion….we don't need you to preach to us, as we've enough of you !

    • Kufar Dawg

      LOL, yeah no one has noticed scuzzlums slaughtering/persecuting/raping Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Buddhists throughout the world lying muslime DB. Your muslime dialogue is nothing but lies, just like your religion.

  • Real Muslim

    "If any one slew a person -unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land- it would be as if he slew the whole people" Qur’an, 5:32.

    "the rights of an innocent man cannot be cancelled for the sake of all the people. A single individual may not be sacrificed for the good of all. In the view of Almighty God’s compassion, right is right, there is no difference between great and small. The small may not be annulled for the great. Without his consent, the life and rights of an individual may not be sacrificed for the good of the community. If he consents to sacrifice them in the name of patriotism, that is a different matter."

    Letters, from the Collection of Risale-i Nur, by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Sunni Muslim scholar ,1878 – 1960)
    http://www.saidnur.com/en/teror_eng.htm

    • Kufar Dawg

      Bukhari:V4B52N177
      "Allah's Apostle said, ‘You Muslims will fight the Jews till some of them hide behind stones. The stones will betray them saying, "O Abdullah (slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him."'"

      Ishaq:441
      "Allah's Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."'"

      In Sahih Muslim: Book 041, Number 6985:
      Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

      Go bite a camel's donkey.

    • Jesus Saves

      While Muhammad lived in Medina he grew in power. There were a number of Jews that opposed him. Muhammad asked several of his followers to murder a number of these Jews. One of them was Ka`b bin al-Ashraf. This paper deals with Ka`b's murder.

      Mohammad killed all humanity then

    • Jesus Saves

      Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 19, Number 2996:

      Narrated Muhayyisah:
      The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: If you gain a victory over the men of Jews, kill them. So Muhayyisah jumped over Shubaybah, a man of the Jewish merchants. He had close relations with them. He then killed him. At that time Huwayyisah (brother of Muhayyisah) had not embraced Islam. He was older than Muhayyisah. When he killed him, Huwayyisah beat him and said: O enemy of Allah, I swear by Allah, you have a good deal of fat in your belly from his property.

  • Real Muslim

    "It is even recorded in authentic traditions of the Prophet that at the end of time the truly piousamong the
    Christians will unite with the People of the Qur'an and fight their common enemy, irreligion. And at this time, too,
    the people of religion and truth need to unite sincerely not only with their own brothers and fellow believers, but
    also with the truly pious and spiritual ones the Chiristians, temporarily from the discussion and debate of points of
    difference in order to combat their joint enemy-aggressive atheism."

    The Flashes / The Twentieth Flash / On Sincerity- p.203 by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Sunni Muslim scholar ,1878 – 1960 , Ottoman Empire)

    • Drakken

      The time is comming soon where we of the west will drive you savages from our midst.

    • Ghostwriter

      Sorry,Real Muslim. For years,your people remained silent while Muslim terrorist committed horrible crimes! Your people even celebrated 9/11!!! My sympathy for you and your people are nearly spent,seeing as you scream for the deaths of Americans every five seconds or so.

      • crusader

        And all america does is aid pakistan to persecute other religions america threw the soviets from afghan too who were capable of fighting the extremists had not america intervened

    • aspacia

      Hey Unreal, an atheist is not my enemy, but a huge number of Muslims are.

      A Deist.

    • Jesus Saves

      And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they! (9:29,30)

      Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
      Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      I am sorry prophet without prophecy and facts is useless. There is many muslims trying to spread Islam in the name of peace when there was never peace in the Islamic history however lies of peace is being spread by ignorant muslims who even do not know their own religion and trying to preach us.
      Kindly read know about your own religion read it. Do not read what your so called scholars are saying. Read it yourself. Read Islamic history from good sources.

  • BFurey

    Call upon you Muslim brotherhood to stop persecuting Christians. Century after century. Why?

  • LindaRivera

    The Muslim making the last three comments claims that the daily, non-stop, massive Muslim acts of hate, injustices, persecution, atrocities and savage murders against non-Muslims does not represent Islam.

    If this claim were true that all of these horrors perpetrated on non-Muslims by Muslims does not represent Islam, then hundreds of millions of Muslims in countries around the world would be protesting in the streets that all of this HORROR does not represent Islam. There are NO street protests from Muslims.

    On 9/11, Muslims celebrated around the world including in America. THOUSANDS of Palestinian Authority Muslims celebrated with great joy and delight the cruel murders of our cherished 3,000. PA Muslims danced in the streets, passed out candy and fired into the air. Until we take our last breath on this earth WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

    • BFurey

      Unfortunately, POTUS has forgotten the 3,000. They are now part of the millions killed by muslims throughout
      history. History tells us it's not if but when the Muslims will kill millions more in USA.

      • Kufar Dawg

        The POTUS hasn't forgotten, he's either a scuzzlum himself or a collaborator.

  • Gene W 1938

    For 'Real Muslim' and other haters of Judeo-Christianity …

    Previous posts proved God who created this Universe, authored the Bible and sent His Son to die on the Cross as payment of sins of all mankind. Likewise any thought, deed, document … or action contrary to the Bible is of Satan or his demons.

    Satan, his 'holy book' and followers blasphemes God [not me]. I must still love these morally insipid creatures becasue they are created in God's image and but for a miracle of God's grace, they could repent and spend eternity in Heaven as a saved person and part of God's family.

  • LindaRivera

    To BFurey

    Actually, POTUS has NOT forgotten our 3,000! The terrible suffering and slaughter of our cherished 3,000 means nothing to our Muslim president. Obama referred to the barbaric murders of our U.S. ambassador in Libya and the other slain innocents as "bumps in the road". Our beloved slain 3,000 are clearly nothing but bumps in the road to the Obama-Clinton administration.

  • Real Muslim
    • Kufar Dawg

      No one here is stupid enough to believe your scuzzlum lies. Go make wudu in your bed.

  • Real Muslim
  • Real Muslim

    CULTURE OF LIVING TOGETHER UNDER THE OTTOMAN RULE
    MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND JEWS IN BALKANS

    From Jewish Memories:
    We were living harmoniously, Greeks, Jews, Turks. In Salonika, we lived very, very, very, very, very, very

    well! (Laure A.)

    (Source: University of California Press http://publishing.cdlib.org/)

    "Jewish and Muslim emigration

    In July 1492, Spain expelled its Jewish and Arab populations as part of the Spanish Inquisition. Bayezid II
    sent out the Ottoman Navy under the command of Admiral Kemal Reis to Spain in 1492 in order to evacuate them safely to Ottoman lands. He sent out proclamations throughout the empire that the refugees were to be welcomed. He granted the refugees the permission to settle in the Ottoman Empire and become Ottoman citizens. Bayezid addressed a firman to all the governors of his European provinces, ordering them not only to refrain from repelling the Spanish refugees, but to give them a friendly and welcome reception."

  • Real Muslim

    "Is it not better for you to live under Muslims than under Christians?"

    The number of native Jews was soon bolstered by small groups of Ashkenazi Jews that immigrated to the Ottoman Empire between 1421–1453. Among these new Ashkenazi immigrants was Rabbi Yitzhak Sarfati, a German-born Jew of French descent , who became the Chief Rabbi of Edirne and wrote a letter inviting the European Jewry to settle in the Ottoman Empire, in which he stated that: "Turkey is a land wherein nothing is lacking" and asking: "Is it not better for you to live under Muslims than under Christians?"."

  • Ghostwriter

    Here's the thing,Real Muslim. Your people have a history of persecuting Jews and Christians,simply because they're Jews and Christians. They are what are called dhimmis or non-Muslims. They are poorly treated and have few rights. That's what your people want for the rest of the world. Non-muslims to be the vassals of muslims. We in America DON'T want that. You can worship the god you want but you must respect the rights of others. Sadly,most Muslims don't get that and try to impose their religion on others. Your propaganda attempts don't work if you know the facts.

    • Kufar Dawg

      What the scuzzlums did to Jews and Christians is nothing in comparison to what they've done to Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in the Indian sub-continent. Some 80 million Hindus were slaughtered/enslaved or forcibly converted to islam during the islamic invasions there. The latest addition to the bodycount of Hindus slaughtered by muslo-fascists is the ~2.5 million Hindus slaughtered by scuzzlums in Bangladesh during the 1970's, a slaughter which include the rape of THOUSANDS of Hindu women.

  • Real Muslim

    "You can worship the god you want but you must respect the rights of others." i totally agree that, Ghostwriter. The extremists in all religions are the thruth of this world. I wanted to explain that. So i said that we need more dialogue and more respect. I believe that some people in the world hate all religions. And so i said allience. Not only christian-muslim. If i want an argument, i can show your bloody history But i want peace for humanity. I am againts all type of extremism and nationalism. These are all my opinions. You are free to think what you want. And one more thing, i m living in my own country, not in the Usa.

    • Kufar Dawg

      And you can lie through your anus and both sides of your mouth simultaneously scuzzlum, but that doesn't make your lies any more palatable or believable.

  • LindaRivera

    To BFurey,
    Yes, so terribly heartbreaking. The most evil things are perpetrated by Muslims against Christian, Hindu and Sikh little children and women in Pakistan. (And Bangladesh). God help all these innocents! It is unbearable.

  • Sunbeam

    Hey! Real Muslim, you expect us to believe you? No way, we will ever believe you because we know you people are nothing but liars and savages. Stop fooling us with your sweet talk as there can never be any dialogue between us and you, never. We don't trust you at all. You think you can lure us into your bloody trap? No way, for only a fool would believe you. We've had enough of you guys and your bloody work all over the world disrupting lives here and there, calling for jihad here and there, and everywhere, where your people can be found is only DISRUPTION, and you say that your religion is peace? Oh..my goodness! Your action is louder than your preaching. Please keep your religion to yourself for it is only a shame to preach it.

  • Sunbm's Bigotry

    Take it easy champion. Just respect. Your religion is yours, my religion is mine. I say 'dialogue' for understanding each other and respect. I don't want you to be Muslim. I only want you to be a human. I saw this site on somewhere on the internet. And I have just understood this site is for extremists and zionists. I was talking to walls, that was my fault. That's enough!

  • random guy

    stop poppin off with ur jaws im from the ghetto and im tired of the war so stop killing christians u muslims and no more christian extremists k

  • random guy

    i will never forget 9/11